Cowboys Grind Out 8-6 Win Over Douglas Diablos

W.D. Barr
Cowboys Grind Out 8-6 Win Over Douglas Diablos

The thing about professional baseball is the grind. We are eight days into the Cowboy's season and they have played eight games including a double header and traveled 600 miles by bus.

Monday night the Cowboys gutted out an 8-6 win over the Diablos in Douglas, Arizona. Something else about baseball is that each at bat in every inning gives someone the opportunity to be the hero or a goat. In most cases the hero turns out to be the hitter while a pitcher will most likely become the goat. Remember Ralph Branca and Bobby Thompson. In baseball a team only needs more heros than goats to win.

Pat Lemmo pitched a really good game for the Cowboys. He went 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. Except for the second inning when he struck out the side, he labored. His pitch count was high for 6+ innings because he fell behind batters. In the second he walked the lead off man who came around to score.

It gives a pitcher more confidence to pitch with a lead and the Cowboys gave that to Lemmo in the top of the first. They scored four runs on just two hits. John Hotta was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Casanova Donaldson reached on an error by the right fielder. Austin Prott was plunked by the Diablo starter to load the bases. Anthony Renteria stroked a two run double to score Hotta and Donaldson. With two outs, Riley Smith walked to load the bases again and Corey Caswell singled to drive in Prott and Renteria. Pat Lemmo had a four run cushion before he threw his first pitch.

In the bottom of the fifth Lemmo got the first two batters to ground out. He walked Leandro Mateo, gave up a triple to Malguiel Brito that scored Mateo and then a single to Jean Batista that drove in Brito.

In the top of the seventh the Cowboys John Hotta led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Casanova Donaldson. Austin Prott followed with a single to put runners at first and third with one out. Prott went to third as Anthony Renteria reached on an error by the second baseman that scored Hotta. Prott would score on a wild pitch. The lead was now 6-3 Cowboys.

The bottom of the seventh saw a defensive gem by the Cowboy center fielder Casanova Donaldson. A line drive to center by Malguiel Brito got to Donaldson quickly and a strong accurate throw to first caught Leandro Mateo, who had singled, too far off first for the 8-3 double play.

In the home half of the eighth, Cowboy relief pitcher Travis Renwick started off well. He struck out the first batter he faced. He then struck out Corben Green swinging. The ball got by the catcher Caswell and Green was safe at first. Yermin Mercedes singled putting runners at first and third with one out. Ryan Dimascio reached on an error by the Cowboy third baseman that scored Green. Mercedes scored on a passed ball and then Yuki Yasuda singled to put runners on first and third again. Dimascio scored on another passed ball to knot the score at six.

That brings us to the top of the ninth and the Cowboys batting hero. Austin Prott singled for his third hit in four trips to the plate. Lee Jay Pollacchi was brought in to run for Prott. After Anthony Renteria and Brian Millimen struck out Tyler Heck stepped to the plate. He took Diablo reliever Derek Voigt deep on a 2-2 count for the two run home run that put the Cowboys up by two 8-6.

Now all the Cowboys needed was one last hero. Ryan Rogers, who came on in relief in the eighth, gave up a walk and a single to put runners on first and third with no outs. As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Rogers went to work and struck out the side to get the win.

The Cowboys improved to 6-2 with three more games against these Diablos and then three against the Bisbee Blue on this western swing through Arizona. This eight game road trip continues the grind and will go a long way in determining the Cowboys success this season. The Cowboys will have a day off on Memorial Day but then they play eight games at home in six days including two double headers.


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